Seminars for pastors

Since 2009, the LWF has offered two seminars each year for theologians from member churches around the world. They are invited to Wittenberg for two weeks to work on issues of Lutheran theology with professors from universities in Germany and abroad. The aims are:

a.    to understand the key statements in Martin Luther's writings,
b.    to understand the circumstances and relationships in which Martin Luther lived and
c.    to relate Luther's insights in a constructive way to the contexts in which the participants live.

The seminars are always conducted in English language and take place each year in March and November. The dates for coming years are provided at the end of this page. Here you can reach the photo gallery, which illustrates what you can expect during the seminar in Wittenberg. The structure of the seminars can be found here. You can find short statements from participants in previous seminars here.

Up to 20 participants are invited to each seminar, and an effort is made to establish a balance between churches from the Global South and North. Gender justice and youth participation also are taken into account. The member churches are requested to cover their share of the costs according to their economic ability to enable us to invite also pastors from the Global South. Details of contribution and payment will be negotiated after application is made. Letters of invitation will be sent out about 7 months in advance in order to provide time enough to get prepared for the trip and to apply for a visa. You can send your interest directly to the LWF Center and get an invitation to your address. In any case, we need an endorsement by the church leadership (bishop, president, secretary general etc.).

Dates for the seminars for pastors:

22nd International Seminar from Nov. 7 – Nov. 21, 2020
   Subject: "Martin Luther´s Theology of Creation"
   Prof. Dr. Sarah Hinlicky-Wilson, USA/Japan
   Prof. Dr. Theodor Dieter, Strassbourg
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and its global effects, the Seminar has to be cancelled. Its theme will be postponed to the 24th International Seminar for Pastors.

23rd International Seminar from March 6 – March 20, 2021
   Subject: "Tearing Down Walls to Freedom:
                 Luther´s Reformation of the Community."
   Prof. Dr. Gordon Jensen, Canada
   Dr. Anupama Hial, India

24th International Seminar from Nov. 6 – Nov. 20
   Subject: "Martin Luther´s Theology of Creation"
   Prof. Dr. Sarah Hinlicky-Wilson, USA/Japan
   Prof. Dr. Theodor Dieter, Strassbourg

25th International Seminar from March 5 - March 19, 2021

26th International Seminar from Nov. 5 – Nov. 19